BLUFResearch has linked 23 more genes to a person's risk of developing major depression; scientists hope this discovery will pave the way for better treatments and earlier intervention.
This article by Janelle Miles, writing for ABC-Australia, makes the following points:
- Scientists analysed the DNA of more than 13,000 people.
- The findings suggest unique genetic risk profiles are associated with different types of depression.
- The findings take the number of known genetic variants associated with depression to more than 100.
- Researchers found evidence that genes implicated in brain development also played a role in major depression.
- People with the highest number of known genetic markers linked to depression were 6.5 times more likely to have experienced major depression.
- The scientists hope their research will shed light on the fact that depression has biological causes and it's not something to feel ashamed of.
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